Dambulla Maligathenna ( Nuwaragala Kanda) Ruins – නුවරගල කන්ද (මාලිගාතැන්න) නෂ්ඨාවශේෂ

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Dambulla Maligathenna ( Nuwaragala Kanda) Ruins

Fallen Walls of the Maligathenna ( Nuwaragalakanda) Palace
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There are number of locations called Nuwaragala Kanda and the most well known location is Nuwaragala Kanda is Ampara District. But this Nuwaragala Kanda is location between Dambulla and Polonnaruwa district and lies midst of a thick jungle.

There are ruins of a ancient palace complex spread in a area called Maligathenna of about 40 acres. This palace is believed be built by King Mahasen (276-303 AD). These ruins were first discovered and documented in 1884 by then the Governor of Matale but no research or excavations have been done on these ruins other than by treasure hunters.

This palace is believed be built by King Mahasen (276-303 AD) as a sub palace which has been used while he was constructing most of the irrigation tanks in the area. It is also believed to be the adobe Queen Sugaladevi who fought the Parakramabahu the Great in 12th century.

Travel Directions to Nuwaragala Kanda

To reach the Nuwaragala Kanda ruins you need to go past Wewala (වෑවල). Wewala can be reached from Inamaluwa through Sigiriya (B162) or from Dambulla on the Kandalama Road (B615). The motorable road ends after about 2.5 km passing the the Wewala Reservoir. Thereafter you will need to hike about 2 km in to the thick jungle to reach the site. Since there is no path, a guide from a nearby town will be required to locate the site.

Distance from Dambulla or Inamaluwa to the site approx 25 km. Distance from Sigiriya is approx 15 km.

by Gamini G. Punchihewa
The Island

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